We have a jam packed edition of the Weekly News this week so no small talk - let's just get right to it!
If you missed it last week, we made multiple sponsorship announcements for FBC2014. We are thrilled to welcome Canadian Lentils as our Title Sponsor! We're also very happy to be announce four other excellent partnerships:
- Gold Sponsor Blend & Extend with Mushrooms Canada and Ontario Beef
- Silver Sponsor Appetite by Random House
- Bronze Sponsor Raincoast Books
- Contributing Sponsor Canadian Chicken Farmers
You can read more about Lentils joining us as our Title Sponsor as well as the details of our four additional sponsorships. Oh... and... word has it, Rosie Daykin's Butter Baked Goods Cafe will be coming to the Four Seasons for FBC2014!
Mother's Day Gift Guide Winners
We had a record number of entries in our Mother's Day Gift Guide Contest last week and we're excited to announce our four winners this morning. Congratulations to all of you!
- Signed copy Sobo Cookbook: Brit Stager
- Signed copy of Delicious: Bev Wong
- Signed copy of Blue Plate Special: Lisa
- Breville Ice Cream Maker: Heidi Pawluk
Melissa will be in touch shortly for your mailing details!
Canadian Lentils Twitter Party with Chef Michael Smith
Last week, a big group of FBC Members had the opportunity to spend an evening with Chef Michael Smith at Cirillo's Culinary Academy in Toronto. They had a great time learning about lentils and sampling some of the dishes Chef Smith brought back from his travels all over the world (be sure to check out the five-part Lentil Hunter web series - they'll have you wanting to hop on a plane - or at least try some new lentil dishes!)
Don't forget to join us May 13 to talk lentils with the Lentil Hunter himself, Chef Michael Smith! Learn how you can win a trip for two to PEI to meet Chef Smith and attend the annual Village Feast event, July 4th-7th, 2014. To participate you must RSVP!
Have You Joined Our Private Facebook Page?
Have you joined our private facebook page yet? This is where our members can network, ask questions, get advice and have conversations amongst themselves. It's also where we offer up last minute blogger opportunities that come our way! Here's just a sample of some of this week's discussions:
- camera suggestions
- food photography sites like tastespotting and foodgawker
- free photo editor suggestions
- blogging mentors and lessons
- a call out for videographers
Win Tickets to Cross Canada Screenings of Fed Up
Want to see the latest documentary of Fed Up by eOne Productions? The film is a thought provoking look that upends the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths the dirty little secret the food industry doesn't want you to know- far more of us are sick from what we are eating than anyone has ever realized. To get a sense of it, watch the Fed Up trailer here!
We've got a pair of tickets to give away in each of the cities listed below. Because it's such short notice, we'll be doing flash giveaways on our Facebook page, starting today! If you're in Edmonton, stop by our page at noon, Western time, today for a chance to win a pair. We'll be giving away pair to Calgary and Ottawa on Tuesday, Winnipeg on Wednesday, Halifax on Thursday and Victoria on Friday. All giveaways will be done at noon, local time for the city we're giving them away in!
Theatre: City Centre, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 14th
Theatre: Eau Claire, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 15th
Theatre: Gloucester, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 15
Theatre: Polo Park, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 22
Theatre: Bayers Lake, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 22
Theatre: Odeon Victoria, Time: 7:00pm, Date: May 22
Becoming the Island Connoisseur
FBC member Cailin O'Neil is trying to land her dream job as Canada's Island Connoissuer for 60 days in Tobago. If she wins, she'll spend 60 days in Tobago this summer, experiencing all the sites and sounds of the beautiful Island, and her only job will be to tell the world all about it! She'll be living for adventure above the land and under while capturing, and writing about it, eating, and enjoy amazing food! But, she needs your votes if she's to head to Tobago. If you want to give her a boost, you can check out her video and vote for her!
Blurb Members Only Opp (National)
A reminder that Blurb is offering all FBC Members a 30% discount off their next order until May 15th. This is a great opportunity to create a special gift for Dad for Father's Day or a unique Teacher's Gift for end of year thank yous! Be sure to log-in to find out how to save with Blurb.
Welcome to all our new members this week. Be sure to join our private Facebook form group to interact with your fellow members!
- délices et modestie (QC)
- Baking By Kendra (ON)
- Munch Rat (ON)
- Nurse Loves Farmer (AB)
- Foraging Here (BC)
- Eat East Indian (AB)
- Dash of Butter (AB)
- Veggie Desserts (UK via BC)
That's it for this week!
And remember, if you have anything you’d like to share with your fellow members in the news, please let us know about it. To have your submission appear in a Monday news post, the deadline is Friday at 5pm Pacific time. You can send your 3-4 sentence submissions directly to Melissa and include any relevant links.
Melissa and Ethan